A highly rated, experienced attorney, Mike is also a speaker, an editor, and a court mediator

Michael J. Gill (Ret.) grew up in Pasadena and continues to live in the area with Penny, his wife of 43 years. They have two adult children and two small grandchildren.

Michael has been a speaker in the fields of estates, trusts, conservatorships and financial elder abuse, and is a Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) speaker and editor. He was a partner in the Los Angeles firm of Seaver & Gill, LLP for 15 years until R. Carlton Seaver was appointed to the bench in 2008.

He takes great pride in being a Probate Court Mediator, with a 95% success rate (over 100 mediations).

Outside the office, Mike enjoys gourmet cooking, traveling, classical music, performing arts, sailing and golf. He serves as the executive chef for an open ocean sailboat racing team captained by his former partner.

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Areas of Practice

• Estate Planning
• Probate and Trust Administration
• Conservatorships
• Financial Elder Abuse Recovery
• Probate Court Mediator

Bar Admissions

California, 1970

U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1970


Loyola Law School
Los Angeles, California
J.D. - 1969

University of Redlands
Redlands, California
B.A. - 1966

Published Works

Contributing Editor, "California Conservatorship Practice," California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2005

Honors and Awards

AV® Preeminent™ rating (5.0/5.0) from Martindale Hubbell, their preeminent rating for competence and ethics in the practice of law

Professional Associations and Memberships

Los Angeles County Bar Association Estates and Trusts Section, Executive Committee, 1984 - 1986; 2001 - 2003

Los Angeles County Bar Association Estates and Trusts Section, Delegate to State Bar, 2002 - 2003

Pro Bono Activities

Office of Public Counsel
in association with All Saints Church

Los Angeles Court Probate Volunteer Panel, 1996 - 2012


Michael J. Gill (Ret.) and Elizabeth T. Pierson

Call 310-482-3544 • Email Elizabeth

GillPierson, LLP
2601 Ocean Park Bl., Suite 215 • Santa Monica, CA 90405 • MAP

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